Updated October 1 st
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I do hope that some of the hints will be of use to you, I can only say what I do and why I do it
as , there is not a right or wrong way of doing things in gardening .
I did write a small book about my life from a garden boy in the 40's and we sold it when I did my "Memory" talk, we donated 50p per book to the British Heart Foundation who received over £1000.00 as a result. I do not get it printed now but on the right is a link by which you can download it to read.
I have been asked to put my talk on to a disc for those who have been unable to hear it, I have done this and a few discs are available ,please email me for details.
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It has been a strange year, what with a lot of rain followed by some very hot days, It makes you wonder how plants can grow, but most seem to have done quite well. It is worth noting good and bad crops ready to think about next season.
Many of our vegetable crops will have been harvested but do keep checking for runner beans and such as they can go on cropping until the first severe frost. Courgettes and ridge cucumbers should be cut and used whilst young. Parsnips and leeks can be left in the ground until needed and if you are able to grow carrots those as well.
Aquadulce broad beans can be sown to stand the winter as can autumn onion sets and garlic, there are some varieties of peas for autumn sowing but not many people bother as they do tend to grow very tall.
White fly can be a real nuisance on brussel sprouts and winter brassicas. Some will say that spraying with soapy water helps as there are no insecticides to control them.
It is not too late to plant some spring cabbage but do not leave it much longer.
If you have not already cut down the canes from your summer fruiting raspberries , you should get it done soon, as with blackberries etc. If you want more blackberries it is very easy to peg down the tip of some new growth which will soon root to form new plants that can be cut off and planted in the early spring.
Autumn raspberries may carry on fruiting for a while and you leave their canes until the spring.
Rooted strawberry runners should be planted in their places whilst the soil is still warm and they will then start to form new roots.
Daffodil bulbs should have been planted last month but it is not too late. When you plant daffodils late they will still flower next year alright but can suffer the following year as they will be lacking roots to build the bulb up. Tulips can be planted right up to November with no real problems.
Tall growing roses can have some of the tallest growth cut back to avoid wind rock during the autumn winds.
If your lawn does need mowing and the weather is suitable there is reason not tomow it. When I was self employed a lady in Plaxtol wanted her lawn cut almost every month and I wasable to do it most months.
Thse are my first bunch picked 25th May which is right as I usually pick chelsea week.
I went to my allotment this morning to check after hard frost. pleased to see sweet peas still looking good. They were sown on 8th October last year.
I have just singled the sweet peas into root trainers, there are 51 from 50 purchased seeds. They always allow one or two extras.
The second picture taken on Jan. 6th show sweet peas breaking with out being stopped , they are been outside ever since they were put into root trainers
My latest picture taken on March 28th shows plants now, planted hoping weather stays good.
Onion sets just starting to show, I plant well down in the soil so that no trouble with birds, having got rid of white rot I get a good crop.
It has been a bad year for me with sweet peas, I decided to try saving my own seed last year and this has been very reasonable but when I planted the plants back in March , the very next day we had storm Katie. This almost blew them out of the ground but enough survived to amke best part of a row. As they came into flower I had bud drop plus a spell in hospital, this meant I had to let the plants go for about a week meaning bent stems. However when show day came I managed one vase of ten, these were good enough to bet best in show so I still hold the cup which I forst won 42 years ago. I have not had it every year but will keep trying.
These are 3 of my seedlings that I have registered and named over the years. I have had prizes at London shows with them including "Best" in section with Ann's Blush. We also have Molly Ann named after our grand daugther